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  • Address:  250 Winter Street, NE  Salem, OR  97301
  • Square footage:  85,996 
  • Year constructed:  1939
  • Tenant(s):  State Library Department 
   

Building History
The Oregon State Library was the first building constructed on the Capitol Mall. It measures 196 feet long, 103 feet wide and 54 feet high, with an 8 foot high penthouse. It was constructed of white Georgia marble and bronze to harmonize with the Capitol. Including furnishings, it cost $875,730. The Oregon State Library was the first library in the nation to loan books by mail, with the borrower paying postage.
 
Source: http://myweb.msoe.edu/~westr/salem3
 
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Green Team

 The State Library launched a Green Team began in the 1990s.  
 
Current Projects:
  • Building improvements for energy efficiency
  • Resource conservation policy enforcement
  • Tenant coordination
  • Recycling
 

Sustainability
Energy Conservation
The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) has designated its buildings as resource conservation zones. This means DAS works hard to save energy and water in its buildings, as well as ensure employees and tenants recycle to the best of their ability. The goal is to save taxpayer money and care for the environment to the greatest extent possible.
    
Energy Savings Report
  DAS compares all bills to the calendar year 2000 as a baseline.  The goal and OAR require a 20 percent reduction in electricity and natural gas usage by 2015. DAS does not adjust the buildings without baseline adjustments for weather or any other factors. The savings column represents the combined electric and gas savings in Btu’s compared to the year 2000 usage. The Energy Cost column includes the totals for electric and gas – not all utilities.    

Year
Electrical Usage (kWh)
Gas Usage (therms)
Energy Cost
Year 2000
2000
307,748
13,957
$24,625
 
2001
317,187
10,943
$28,605
Up
2002
563,207
11,881
$52,149
Up
2003
563,348
11,417
$49,039
Up
2004
554,241
10,965
$47,308
Up
2005
544,992
12,069
$50,874
Up
2006
536,193
11,587
$53,429
Up
2007
526,110
11,977
$57,087
Up
2008
516,481
13,838
$58,420
Up
 
 
Electricity Scorecards
The quarterly scorecard provides a quick report on electricity reductions, compliance with the 20 percent reduction target, recent night audit results, and tips for conservation. Here are the scorecards for the building.

2009
 
2010
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
May
 
 
 
 
August
 
October
 
 
November
 
 
 
Night Audits
 As part of the effort to conserve resources, DAS conducts quarterly night audits of the buildings. They walk through the spaces to ensure that lights, appliances, and equipment remains off during u onoccupied times. Here are the results of the audits for the building.

September 2009 
 
December 2009
Usage was up slightly on second audit.
March 2010
Usage was up slightly on this audit.
 
 

Transportation

 The manner in which we travel to and from the building impacts sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions. The following summarizes the sustainable transportation options around the building.
 Bike Routes
http://www.cityofsalem.net/Departments/ITandFacilities/GIS/Documents/trans_bike_salem2006-fullcityside%5B1%5D.pdf 
 

Certifications or Awards
The following summarizes the recognition received for the building:

  • EarthWISE certification from Marion County. This is a designation for organizations who commit to observe environmentally-friendly practices in their facilities.